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Children’s Hour: I Want my Potty


Children’s Hour is a  feature here at Lucybird’s Book Blog every Thursday where I’m looking at children’s picture books. As I work in a nursery I get plenty of opportunities to look at picture books, and to see what the kids think of them so it really makes sense to use those experiences.

I’d love to hear everybody’s experiences of the books I review too, and feel free to post me a link to your own reviews, I’d love to make this a bit interactive.

We have got quite a few toddlers potty training recently so it was time to get out I Want My Potty.  It’s a book which has been popular with plenty of toddlers over the years I’ve been working at the nursery, but this particular group seem to be obsessed.

The story follows The Little Princess as she learns to use the potty, and how she grows from disliking it to finding it fun. She does some silly things with the potty, which I know some readers wouldn’t find helpful, but our kids find it funny, and you still talk about whether that’s what we do with a potty which gets a conversation going.

In one scene The Little Princess decides to wear the potty on her head! Two of our toddlers did this with our play potties and came to show me laughing and saying they were the princess! (I wish I could show you a picture, it was so cute!)

They have also taken just to carrying this particular book around. Not necessarily to read, more to possess (oh little budding bibliophiles!)

Buy it:

Paperback (£6.94)

Hardback (£4.99)

Kindle (£4.49)

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Children’s Hour: Weather Books


Children’s Hour is the weekly feature where I look at picture books I have encountered during my work at nursery. My reviews contain children’s opinions which are usually from the children in toddler room (so they are all 2). Sometimes I also have books which my niece and nephew are enjoying too.

You can find links to past Children’s Hour posts here.

The image (if you were wondering) is taken from Shirley’s Hughes’ Alfie and Annie-Rose books which I loved as a child.
The toddlers have been really interested in weather books recently. They’ve been asking to read Weather (Little Princess) and Weather (Learn With Thomas). In fact almost all the toddlers came and listened to one of my colleagues reading the Thomas weather book yesterday- completely independently.

Both books are pretty simple. The Little Princess book shows different weathers and shows how they feel (e.g. “the rain is wet”) and how the Little Princess copes with it (e.g. “but we are dry” showing the Princess with an umbrella, and rain clothes). You can ask questions about the pictures, and about what the weather is like, and sometimes the kids make comments on the pictures. It’s more storylike than the Thomas book.


The Thomas book shows different engines in different weathers and small pictures of things associated with that weather which they can find in the main picture. It’s more interactive than the Princess book, but it’s sort of forced interactiveness, and I find the kids are often more interested in the trains than the rest of the pictures.

Buy The Princess Book from amazon:

Hardback- new (from £104.96)

Hardback- used (from £0.01)

Buy The Thomas Book from amazon:

Hardback- new (from £2.99)

Hardback- used (from £0.01)

 

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Children’s Hour: I Want my Mum


Children’s Hour is a new feature here at Lucybird’s Book Blog every Thursday where I’m looking at children’s picture books. As I work in a nursery I get plenty of opportunities to look at picture books, and to see what the kids think of them so it really makes sense to use those experiences.

I’d love to hear everybody’s experiences of the books I review too, and feel free to post me a link to your own reviews, I’d love to make this a bit interactive.

The image (if you were wondering) is taken from Shirley’s Hughes’ Alfie and Annie-Rose books which I loved as a child.

Image from Amazon

The Little Princess is rather famous. She has a whole series of books, and a TV show. Probably her best known book is I Want My Potty. But this Children’s Hour isn’t about I Want my Potty, it’s about I Want my Mum. I Want My Mum is a bit of a favourite with our toddlers at the moment, God knows why! Personally it really grates at me. While there is the bit of a lesson that all Little Princess books hold (that it’s ok to be separated from your Mum- it will be okay) most of the time the Little Princess seems a bit spoilt. At any provocation she will scream “I WANT MY MUM”, and nobody else will be good enough (even though at one point she has three other people pandering to her desires. And Mum always comes. In fact even when she doesn’t scream at the end it’s only because she has crisps and a video to occupy her. I suppose it’s another instance of giving the kids a chance to shout, or maybe it’s that they can shout about Mummy who they may well miss themselves.

I do generally like The Little Princess. She’s not the perfect, girly princess you usually see, and I like that. I would rather the kids aspired to be normal like her than like the perfect disney princess type figure.

Buy I Want my Mum:

Paperback (£3.63)

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